Your Attitude Determines Your Latitude

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Attitude is an important element when striving for success. One of the first and foremost things to do when wanting to transform our lives is to change our attitude. It is often said that “there is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative”. This statement could not be truer. The attitude we take determines the level of success in attaining our potential and the intensity we put into our actions.

The goals you are able to attain are in direct proportion to your attitude, because a positive outlook influences your determination when faced with new challenges. The one thing we must remember is that we can remain in control of our attitude; nobody dictates our attitude to us. People can affect our attitude but nobody can control it.

When you have been dealt repeated failure and common sense would suggest you give up, a positive attitude interprets the failure as another opportunity to learn and adapt. It is your positive attitude which believes persistence pays off and that your efforts are compounding, with only a matter of time before the desired results present themselves. Any challenge facing us is not as important as our attitude towards it; this is what determines our success or failure.

When facing a challenge the pessimist dwells on the problem, the optimist emphasises the solution. The pessimist blames everybody else, the optimist takes full responsibility. That is the critical difference in the two attitudes. The human mind tends to build onto itself, so if negative thoughts are present it becomes a slippery slope to failure. However, if like an optimist you see the solution in the face of adversity you present yourself with a light, a possible way through and a greater chance of success.

It is important to remember that our attitude is a permanent fixture in the way we live. If we want to succeed in a goal we must let our attitude radiate regardless of the task at hand or the people watching. It is easy to do world-class work when people are looking, the real test is what you do when no one is looking; Does that world class attitude still present itself? High achievers are able to maintain focus regardless of who is there.

“The greatest discovery of my generation is that a man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.” William James

Excerpted from ‘The Winners Monologue’

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Source by Mark O’Hara

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